The Invisible Man, Series 1 (Box Set 2) [DVD]
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The last 12 episodes from the first series of this sci-fi television series starring Vincent Ventresca as Darien Fawkes who is given the chance of avoiding a life behind bars through his brother Kevin's experiment into invisibility. By taking part in the experiment he also has to join the mysterious Agency, and once he has the 'quicksilver gland' implanted in his head events make it impossible to remove. Thus the adventures begin, with Darien having the ability to turn himself, objects and other people invisible. The episodes are: 'Reunion', 'Cat and Mouse', 'Beholder', 'Ghost of Chance', 'Flowers For Hobbes', 'Perchance to Dream', 'Frozen in Time', 'Diseased', 'The Lesser Evil', 'Money For Nothing: Parts 1 and 2' and 'It's a Small World'.
The Invisible Man continued its first year in increasingly tense and cryptic fashion. Anti-hero Darien has to keep up his spying gig in order to be fed an antidote to the side effects of the invisibility gland. Unfortunately it isn't working. The clock is ticking all the way to a tense finale, where the Quicksilver insanity threatens to consume him whole. There's lots of fun with the format on the way, of course. Darien encounters a ghost, a sperm thief and a hitman who likes to blind his witnesses. Some grander political backdrop comes to the fore as well, with the Chinese government seeking surreptitiously to obtain the gland. All the while there's a growing sense that the Agency has troubles of its own. In an unprecedented bit of audience participation, viewers were allowed to vote for the resolution of a story entitled "Money for Nothing". Fans went for the more interesting option, thankfully, and so an invisible bank raid pays off nicely for everyone. Creating constant conflict throughout the year is the lurking presence of arch-enemy Arnaud. The immediate resolution of that conflict is one of several surprise twists that singled out the show as more than standard TV SF fare. Not even a so-so cameo from Star Trek's Wil Wheaton could spoil the fun.
On the DVD: The Invisible Man's second box set features even more extras than the first DVD set. Two cast commentaries are frequently comic, though with a constant sense of disappointment the show didn't go further than two series. There are lengthy interviews with the cast, too. But of real interest to fans will be alternate footage previously unseen in the UK. Some FX shots and script pages round out the package. --Paul Tonks
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Actually contains a flipper disc - side one contains episodes 1 to 4
side two contains episodes 5 to 8
missing are the bank raid,strange partners,odds against death,picnic with death
Vol 3 ( released on its own ) has episodes 13 to 18
The remaining episodes do not appear to have been released by this company however network have released the entire series in a boxset that I can't comment on as I have not seen it.
So avoid these releases unless you want to check it out before spending out on the full set - better to waste £1.30 than £15
The premise is more than a bit far-fetched and goofy. Our hero, petty criminal Darien, gets a weird "gland" implanted that can make him invisible at will. (It was either get the experimental gland implanted or a long time in prison thanks to the "Three Strikes" law.) Then things go crazy and after a series of events, our hero ends up working for a government agency with continual budget problems, and he's paired up with a neurotic but fiercely loyal partner, Bobby. (Or "Bobby Hobbes," as Bobby often says.)
The plotlines, and especially some of the technology and science fiction elements of the plots, barely hold up even to the most lax scrutiny, but who cares? This is too much fun to watch! Lots of funny situations and characters that you grow to really care about.
My main regret is that there has never been a DVD release of the second season (series to you in the UK) of this show. And I still don't understand why the show was released on DVD in the UK but not (last I checked) in the USA.
great stories, great characters, its even funny to. Probably one of the best series out of America in years, I don't know why more people don't know about it.
Darien wakes up from his operation to find he has had a gland installed in his head. One that allows him to go invisible at will – but with a nasty, unexpected price tag attached.
This box set contains the first half of the first season of this series. We are presented with a cast of misfits as Darien goes to work for “the Agency” the budget-priced government department which funded the gland experiment. His new boss is “the official” with his side-kick Eberts, Darien’s new partner is the paranoid Bobby Hobbes, and the “Keeper” is in charge of Darien’s gland and his health.
The cast of this show is particularly well meshed. The repartee between Hobbes and Fawkes can be particularly funny and the ad-libbing which took place during filming lends a lot of these episodes a freshness that is rare in scripted drama today. The invisibility special effects of Darien’s quicksilver are also wonderful to watch.
This box set has been put together for the fans of the show. It’s packed with extras. There’s a wonderful cast interview with Vincent Ventresca, Paul Ben-Victor and Mike McCafferty and its easy to see that the cast chemistry extended behind the scenes as well as what you see on TV. In addition to this there are also scripts and trivia facts for each episode.
The episodes are presented in full screen format and are cystal clear and uncut. Wonderful to see.
If you love SF, mystery, spy stories or have a secret fascination with invisibility then this series is highly recommended on all accounts. It’s a gem that should not be missed.
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